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Family Fun | Make a splash by holding your private party at a local pool

Outdoor pool season is a relatively short season in State College, but mid-July is definitely the heart of swimming season.

Our local pools offer many opportunities for swimmers to enjoy public and private events.

State College

The William Welch Community Swimming Pool (670 Westerly Parkway) and the Park Forest Community Swimming Pool (2100 School Drive)are State College’s public swimming pools. Both pools have been renovated within the past five years and together host more than 1 million visitors in the summer. Each supports a swim team for kids age 5 to 18, and each is available to rent for private parties.

Both pools host special events for the community during the summer. Upcoming themed family nights include Hawaiian Night at Welch Pool on July 23; and Pool-o-Ween on Aug. 6 and a Dive-In Movie on Aug. 20.

Also, there will be a Geezer Challenge Adult Swim Meet on Aug. 23 at Welch pool. (In case you were wondering, in this case, a “geezer” is defined as anyone older than 18.)

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The Science Park Recreation Association pool is a private swimming facility. It allows 350 members maximum, so to join, families must purchase a bond from an existing member. However, another option is the one-time summer membership, available to 20 families per summer.

SPRA offers a swim team and special events, including special dinners and raft nights for the younger crowd. Members and non-members can rent the use of the facility for parties. Visit for more information.

You have probably seen the outdoor pool at The Autoport along South Atherton Street; but did you know that use of the pool is not just limited to overnight hotel guests?

Anyone who purchases a food or beverage item in the Autoport restaurant is allowed to take a dip in the heated pool.

Although not an outdoor pool, it is worth noting that the Ramada Inn on South Atherton Street makes its pool available to the public on Sundays for private birthday parties. These parties are available in two-hour blocks of time for a maximum of 15 children at a rate of $159. Visit for information.


Bellefonte’s Kepler Pool in Governors Park is part of the YMCA of Centre County. Season passes are available at varying rates, and daily passes cost $5 for adults and $4 for kids. On Wednesdays, a daily pass costs $3. Kepler Pool also is available for private birthday parties. Call 355-5551 for more information.


The Millheim Pool at Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial Park offers a lot of special opportunities for kids in the community, including the Penns Valley Penguins swim team and a scuba diving class in August for ages 8 and older.

Daily admission costs $5 and pavilions are available to rent for birthday parties and special occasions.

Snow Shoe

Mountain Top Pool is the community pool in Snow Shoe. Open daily during the summer, admission costs $5 per adult, $3 per school-age child and $2 for children younger than 5.

This pool also is available for birthday parties and private events. Call 387-4228 for information.

University Park

The McCoy Outdoor Natatorium at Penn State is another popular outdoor swimming destination. The outdoor pool at the natatorium is open to the public on most days during the summer, and brave kids like to go there to try out the diving platforms and diving boards.

Admission costs $5 for non-Penn State students; a package of 15 admissions costs $60. The pool also is available for birthday parties and pool rentals. Two-hour party packages cost $125. Call 863-3928 for more information.